Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch 24 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28925 Review

This tractor has been replaced with theModel 25023 with Turn-Tight.

The 2011 Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch 24 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28925 as far as I can tell has not changed from the 2010 model.  This 42 in YT 4000 Yard Tractor does not have the Turn Tight feature.  This is the most economical twin cylinder tractor in the Craftsman line.  (As far as I can tell it is the least expensive twin cylinder on the market)  It is easy to use and works well for your suburban lawn. It feature’s the 24 hp B&S Platinum motor and manual transmission.

It’s Not The Best Lawn Tractor….It’s The Best Lawn Tractor For You!

My Rating of this Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower:

Craftsman YT 4000 42 inch 24 hp Riding Lawn Tractor Model 28925 Review 1

Craftsman Model 28925 with Turn Tight!

My Value/Cost Rating: Yard Tractor,  Mows Lawn Well, Mulches, Gets Through Fairly Tight Spaces Well.  Great for 3/4 to 2  Acre Lawns, Light Hauling, Medium Snow Removal. Accepts Medium Duty Attachments, Snow Thrower & Bagger.

Type: Yard Tractor.
Engine Type: Better. Full Pressure Lube.
Transmission Type: 6 speed manual
Speed Control: Fender Gear Selector
Accepts Medium Duty Attachments:

Don’t Forget Your Trailer, Dethatcher, Aerator, Broadcast Spreader.

What I Like!

Half of you who buy a Craftsman tractor will buy a YT 3000 or YT 4000.  This Yard Tractor specifically has a 42 inch deck and 24 hp single cylinder Briggs & Stratton motor.

The leading consumer magazine and I have rated these mowers as a “Best Buy” and I feel they are the “best mower for about $1500.”   The YT series is the best Craftsman for value, cut, durability and overall satisfaction for your typical suburban yard.  Basically the YT 4000 series is available with 42 or 46 inch decks, twin cylinder, Kohler and Briggs & Stratton engines, manual or hydrostatic transmissions, and foot control speed controls.

Please read my reviews of all the YT models so you can find the best yard tractor for you.  Over the last 2 years I have mowed with both the 42 and 46  inch decks and they cut as well or better than any other mid-sized deck from all the other brands.  You will not be disappointed with the cut.  With correct blades for your lawn the fully vented decks have good lift for poor lawns and get rid of the grass evenly and quickly for well kept lawns.  With premium mulching blades and a mulch cover they mulch well.  With hi-lift blades both decks bag very well.

My Review:

Priced at about $400 less than the highly comparable D130 John Deere and $300 less than the LTX 1042 Cub Cadet, this Craftsman is one of the best values on the market today.

The 28925 has a 6 speed manual transmission.  This transmission is not as easy to use as a hydrostatic but it works great for large open areas and hilly lawns.  If you are replacing your old Craftsman that had a manual trans this is the 2011 mower for you.  If you are new to mowers you may want to look at a YT 4000 with foot control hydro. (it drives more like your car)

If you want a mower that will mow 3/4 to 2 acres well, handle a snow thrower, and all the non-ground engaging attachments this is a great choice for you.  This tractor is heavy enough to handle moderately hilly and rough lawns.  There are other mowers in the Craftsman lineup that will mow faster, or pull more, but this is a great all around mowing machine.  This lawn tractor is one riding mower that will work well for your suburban lawn.

I like the mid-size YT 4000 series.  It has more than enough power for the 42 and 46 inch decks.  I think they represent a good value and a machine that if taken care of properly will last you a long time. If I didn’t have 34 inch gates to go through on my own yard I would seriously consider a YT 4000 myself.

This yard tractor is capable of using all the non-ground engaging attachments Sears offers including a snow blade and snow thrower.


This YT 4000 has a manual transmission.  If you are not familiar with using a tractor or you have a teenager to train, I don’t recommend this particular Yard Tractor.  Manual transmissions have the advantage of even, consistent pulling and work best for hills, but they can jerk when you shift into gear and then release the clutch.  This mower is a good basic choice if you want to attach a  snow thrower.   (The GT 6000 series has more weight and larger tires)

Final Thoughts:

I personally feel the new Turn Tight Technology this yard tractor changes the game for just about all residential yard owners.  For most of you this will mow as quickly as a residential zero-turn.  It is easier to drive, is easier on your lawn and less expensive than the comparable zero-turn models.  There is no “learning curve” like there is with a zero-turn. It will handle slopes that the residential zero-turns won’t.  And………it will pull stuff!

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it has a manual transmission. It is a good quality mid-sized mower designed to mow lawns well.  Take care of it (do the normal maintenance all lawn mowers need) and it will last you a long time.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.  At around $1499 on sale it is a great value.

Product Description From Sears

Enjoy the power and ease of the YT 4000 24 hp Yard Tractor by Craftsman. Featuring a powerful Briggs & Stratton® Platinum V-Twin engine, this mower is perfect for long-lasting, durable operation. With a 42″ precision cut mowing deck, this yard tractor covers more area in less time, leaving you with the yard you have always wanted.

  • Exclusive 24 hp Briggs & Stratton® Platinum V-Twin Engine with full pressure lube
  • Exclusive 42″ precision cut mowing system
  • 4 adjustable gauge wheels and spring loaded deck lift system
  • 6 speed transmission
  • Fender shift for added convenience
  • Handy cup holder
  • Wider step thru area
  • Automotive type slide seat system
  • Weight: 506 lbs
  • Color: Red/Black
  • Fully assembled
  • 2-year full, 5-year frame and front axle warranty

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